There’s a lot happening in propulsion these days, from joysticks to outboards and inboards
If it’s been a while since you last took a close look at engines and helm systems, you’re in for some surprises at the winter boat shows.
Technology in the diesel and gasoline inboard and sterndrive segments truly surged in 2012 with lighter, more efficient, quieter and cleaner power plants. Cummins, Mercury, Volvo Penta and Yanmar have been touting new engines and/or drives.
New sport cruisers from Pursuit and Sea Ray offer a fresh approach to outboard power
A number of innovative engines and helm-control systems will hit the market with full force this year. Among the more notable helm systems are those from Yamaha and Mercury, which introduced joystick controls for outboards in the fall.
The Sea Ray and Pursuit both pass the 40-mph mark with the throttles pegged.
Hardware and software makers expand their ‘box of tricks’ and take the magic to new frontiers
Trends drive trends. At the macro end, stand-alone displays are occupying increasing footage at the helm. At the micro, smart phones have gone nautical. In response, manufacturers of navigation and entertainment electronics are increasingly thinking of ways to work both ends with apps, black-box solutions and combinations thereof.
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